What is Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS and How It impacts your Spine?
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) impact the spine, but it can affect any joint in the body. However, the most common site for Ankylosing spondylitis is the joint (the pelvis). AS causes chronic pain in the spine, buttocks, hips, legs or any joint that it impacts. It is an inflammatory form of arthritis and as such belonging to the rheumatoid form of arthritis. In other words, it is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself. Those suspected must have thorough clinical and laboratory assessments. HLA-B27 is the best laboratory test (blood test) to confirm an Ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease process that is more common in males, one that has no known cure.
Generally, AS will lead to pain, stiffness, and inflammation in various parts of the body. It can impact the shoulders, ribs, small joints, heels, hands, legs, and feet. In rare cases, ankylosing spondylitis patient will also point to pain or discomfort near the eyes (uveitis). In select few, heart or lungs complications are also seen. Although no cures exist, symptoms can be managed with proper treatment, therapy, and medications. In our centers, we have helped many with symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis. Visit us today to learn more about the benefits you can obtain from our expert clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapist.
AS vs. Back pain
Back pain is often a mechanical disorder that leads to malfunction, inflammation, and pain. Ankylosing spondylitis is purely an inflammatory process that brings about mechanical disturbances, which in turn can further aggravate the pain of AS or Ankylosing Spondylitis. Inflammatory sources of pain are somewhat difficult to assess or diagnosis accurately, and as such the need for clinical experts when dealing with this inflammatory condition. The fundamental difference between a mechanically induced back pain and that, which imitates from an inflammatory process, is the characteristic of symptoms.
Mechanical back pain patient may experience relief when they rest. However, the same cannot be said with inflammatory back pain, where the stiffness worsens with rest. So, if you find that your pain gets better with activity and worsens with rest, chances are the spruce is an inflammatory process. As such, AS patients find relief with activity. Therefore, when diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis, exercise and active life may be helpful. You can learn more about the little things you can do to make you feel better, once we have assessed your condition. Let us help you today.
With Ankylosing spondylitis, pain tends to be localized to areas inflicted, but it can radiate as the disease worsen or when it causes a mechanical spine issue. A common complaint in patients with AS is leg pain. Most often, the cause of leg pain is the result of mechanical spine dysfunctions induced by the inflammatory process. Also, keep in mind that Ankylosing spondylitis can impact any joint, including the joints of the legs.
Integrative Treatment Approach Works Best
In our centers, we offer symptomatic care for those that suffer from AS. As mentioned earlier, there are no known cures, but symptoms can be managed with proper physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments. We encourage all of our Ankylosing spondylitis patients to combine the care we provide with a rheumatologist. You must keep in mind that Ankylosing spondylitis is a multisystem condition. It is important to speak to a rheumatologist who can treat pain in various parts of the body. This is why the diagnosis is important and getting a consultation is key. The rheumatologist can pinpoint different parts of the body causing issues and if there are additional concerns such as one’s eyes, heart, or lungs. If you or a loved one suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, we can help, call or visit one of our centers today.
Targeted conservative chiropractic treatments through an activator and advanced clinical methods of physiotherapy can help the symptoms of AS. We accomplished much for our patients. In our centers, our system of treatment is painless. Chiropractic treatment of AS patients as practiced in our centers can provide the bonus to treatments patients receive from their rheumatologist. AS is a condition that needs clinical experts from rheumatology, chiropractic, and physiotherapy. Our centers can offer you or a loved one that suffers from AS with targeted, holistic non-forceful methods of chiropractic coupled with physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Read an article published on the American Chiropractic Association’s website that speaks about targeted chiropractic treatments of AS patients. So, If you or a loved one suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, we can help, call or visit one of our centers today.